Every town should have their own Zilker Bark to document the amazing dogs in their communities.
Amazing pictures of your dog are keepsakes for every dog owner. And every dog owner admits they wish they documented their dog's life more religiously. That is where Alex Hopes of Zilker Bark comes in.
Alex is a young photographer in Austin, Texas who is really just trying to make ends meet while doing what he loves: taking amazing photos. He moved to Austin with his rescue dog named Sid and has since been trying to make photography his main source of income.
In 2015, Alex started taking portraits of all the dogs who play at Austin's gorgeous Zilker Park and started the Instagram account @zilkerbark. His photos and videos soon became the talk of all dog owners in Austin, of which there are plenty.
Hey all ? I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Alex (@alexhopes) and this is my regal beagle, Sid @myregalbeagle). Most days, you'll see Sid and me at Zilker, the greatest park on earth! And if you do, be sure to say "hello"! _______________________________________ Sid and I will be staying in Austin over the holiday. We'll have room to board couple of dogs. If your dog(s) need a place to stay, shoot me an email for rates! I'd love to host them, and take lot's of pictures of them! [email protected] Happy Sunday, y'all! Hope you're enjoying this weather.
Alex has since started Zilker Bark Dog Photography and has made a name for himself within the Austin dog community. He is an expert at taking dog portraits and many local dog owners are grateful to have him documenting their furry babies' lives. Myself included.
Alex does an awesome job introducing dogs in the community to other Austin dog owners.
If you frequent Zilker Park, it isn't strange to hear, "Oh, I think I saw a picture of your dog on Zilker Bark. He's so cute!"
Alex is usually hanging around the park with his dogs in tow, his camera around his neck, and a pocket full of treats. He will ask your permission to take a photo of your dog and then ask about your dog's story.
Alex shares stories that are truly inspiring. This story that he posted of Georgia, a local pit bull that was rescued in Houston from deplorable conditions, is especially incredible.
Georgia was found by a former policeman who was called to a gang shooting seven years ago in Houston. She was found locked in a steel cage with her face scabbed up from cockroaches eating at her fur. Her rescuer, and now owner, took her home, gave her many baths, and got her medical care. Eight years later, Georgia is the happiest and most grateful little pup that now frequents Zilker Park.
Georgia, the 8yr old Pit Bull. . "I was a gang unit in Houston about 7yrs ago when I was dispatched to a shooting. . There were bullet holes going into the neighboring apartment so I went in to check the welfare of the residents. . It was a vacant apartment. There was a steel cage that held G inside. She was skin and bones and laying in her own mess. She had no fur on her face due to the roaches eating it off. . I took her home that night and bathed her 3 times. I took her to the vet the next day and got her all patched up. She's 8yrs old now and the best dog I've ever had." . -Georgia's Dad
As dog owners, we are used to seeing and hearing incredible survival stories about the resilience of man's best friend. But to know that Georgia the sweet little pit bull has been put through such trials and tribulations so close to home truly resonates with Austin dog owners.
This is the beauty of Alex voicing these stories through his social media channels. And I'm sure it is stories like these that make Alex's "job" (because it's one we all wish we had) that much more rewarding.
Do you follow Zilker Bark? What do you think of his photos? Let us know in the comments below!
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